2019 Applied Atmospheric Urban Environment

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Okaze Tsubasa 
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Course description and aims

In recent years as instability from atmospheric events has become more noticeable, strong winds, squalls, torrential rain, and other extreme events have been occurring frequently, causing destruction due to exceeded safety tolerances of social infrastructure and lifelines, as well as facilities losing functionality, with the possibility of triggering a chain-reaction environment crisis. This course recognizes the vulnerability of society in the face of extensive as well as regional disasters occurring in urban regions, while dealing with atmospheric disturbances with a fluid dynamics approach. Students understand the path to maintaining safety in the face of urban vulnerability to extreme atmospheric weather.

Student learning outcomes

This course uses observation technology and analysis methods to figure out the state of damages to cities by atmospheric disturbances and natural disturbances. Students acquire evaluation skills that contribute to a reduction in disaster risks. In addition, students learn specific measures for avoiding the severe damage that accompanies regional atmospheric circulations, and methods for maintaining a pleasant environment while also having a disaster-resistant urban form.


atmospheric flows, extreme meteorology, strong wind, gust wind, heavy rain, extreme heat, urban disaster

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Lecture with hand-out materials.

Course schedule/Required learning

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Class 1 Physical mechanism of atmospheric flows
Class 2 Reality stage for extreme meteorology Grasp the real stage for extreme meteorology.
Class 3 Strong wind and gust and its effects on the society Understand the strong wind and the gust, and grasp its effects on the society.
Class 4 Heavy rain and its social impact Understand the mechanism of heavy rain and evaluate its social impact.
Class 5 Reality stage of extreme heat and its effects on human life Understand the real stage of extreme heat and grasp its effects on human life.
Class 6 Predictive method on atmospheric phenomena Study the predictive method on atmospheric phenomena.
Class 7 Evaluation of urban disaster in the atmosphere Grasp the real situation of urban disaster in the atmosphere.
Class 8 Assessing the vulnerability of cities to the atmosphere and ensuring their safety Understand the vulnerability on cities for the atmosphere and consider the establishment of safety.


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Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluate by the report

Related courses

  • UDE.E403 : Introduction to Atmospheric Urban Environment
  • UDE.E406 : Introduction to Environmental Turbulence
  • UDE.E507 : Applied Environmental Turbulence

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Take a course in advance on Introduction to Atmospheric Urban Environment.

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